Richard O. Cochran 

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LANEXA - Richard O. Cochran MAJ US Army (Ret). On December 7, 2016, after many brave years of fighting, Dick won his final battle and found eternal peace. 

He was born on February 3, 1942, to Leona and Dock Cochran in Bryson City, North Carolina. Dick entered the United States Army in 1961 and faithfully served for 20 years with two tours in Vietnam. While in the army, he earned a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. Upon his retirement, he served as a project manager with Northrop Grumman for 23 years at Fort Eustis, Virginia. 

Dick had many things in life that he loved. One of the greatest was a deep and abiding love for the Lord. During many moves to various states, he would quickly find a church home for his family, and served as a deacon at Landmark Baptist Church in Petersburg, Virginia, under his lifelong friend, Pastor Buck Palmer. 

He loved traveling with his wife Ann, so much so that, they can claim they have been to all 50 states and 23 countries together. He also enjoyed several hobbies such as golfing, bowling, hunting, skiing, and family trips to the beach. 

Left to cherish his memory are his devoted and caring wife of 55 years, Ann Wiggins Cochran, and three children: Donna Cochran, Lisa Hornsby and husband Roger, and Scott Cochran and wife Anna. Dick also adored his seven grandchildren: Daniel O’Donnell and husband Dusty, Kristin Clontz and husband Jesse, Bradley Hornsby, Amy Osborn and husband Michael, Jordan O’Donnell and wife Jennifer, Jessica Hornsby and fiancé Logan Croswell, and Taylor Hornsby. Bringing great joy to Dick were his four great-grandchildren: Caine Clontz, Nora Clontz, Colton Hornsby, and Rory O’Donnell. 

He is also survived by a brother, Warren Cochran, brother-in-law, Larry Wiggins and wife, Pansie, sister-in-law, Betty Wiggins and fiancé, Tony Merriman, and several nieces and nephews. 

Another special person in Dick’s life was his friend and caregiver, Margie Kaye. 

A funeral service was held on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at the Vincent Funeral Home, 9923 Pocahontas Trail, Providence Forge, VA, 23140, with interment at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. 

Family received friends at 2:00pm with a service to follow at 3:00pm. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Alzheimer’s Foundation. Tributes may be posted at

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